Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

‘Over 50 Ukrainian generals, officers killed in missile strike’

Russia confirms use of fifth-generation stealth jet fighters in Ukraine

‘Over 50 Ukrainian generals, officers killed in missile strike’

MOSCOW: Warships have destroyed a command center with Kalibr cruise missiles, killing dozens of Ukrainian officers, reports

“More than 50 generals and officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were killed,” a statement of Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

The strike took place near the village of Shirokaya Dacha in Dnepropetrovsk Region. The strike hit the compound where commanders of several Ukrainian units had gathered for a meeting, Moscow said.

The ministry added that Kalibr missiles were also used to destroy 10 M777 howitzers and up to 20 armored vehicles that were recently delivered from the West, and had been stored inside a factory building in the southern city of Nikolayev.

Besides, the Russian Su-57 fifth-generation stealth air superiority jet fighters have been used in combat missions in Ukraine.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov on Saturday told reporters in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that the jets have been “repeatedly” used in Ukraine, both individually and as part of squads. He added that the plane’s weapons were “very effective”.

The first Su-57s joined the Air Force in 2020 and flew bombing missions in Syria. Russian media first reported the use of the Su-57s in Ukraine in May.

Borisov further said that Russia has also used a laser weapon in Ukraine, which is capable of destroying drones.

Meanwhile, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on Sunday that the country's artillery destroyed several Russian multiple rocket launchers.

Russia attacked Ukraine state in late February, following Kyiv's failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

The German- and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc.

Kyiv insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.